yourself with the learning objectives for each unit as we cover it. This is
your "blueprint" and "study guide" for the course! Exam
questions are taken directly from these objectives! I have put emphasis on key words to look/listen for
when reading through the text and during lectures. Note: FREQUENT CHANGES MAY BE
MADE IN THESE OBJECTIVES TO MORE CLOSELY FIT ITEMS COVERED IN CLASS TO EXAM
MATERIAL. MAKE SURE YOU GET THESE
CHANGES IN CLASS!!.
Remember, these learning objectives
are designed to help guide you to the
necessary information needed to do well on the exam. By simply looking up the
definitions, Amendments, Court Cases, etc. will not be sufficient; you will
have to apply some thought and analysis in choosing the correct answers. For
example, the Thirteenth Amendment not only abolished slavery, but it was also one of the three Civil
War Amendments, plus it also shaped
the creation of the Black Codes. Thus, the Thirteenth Amendment has multiple
the contributions and theories of the major philosophers (Socrates,
Montesquieu, Marx, Cicero, and Saint Augustine).
Political Landscape Lecture
are some of the similarities and
differences between Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
able to discuss the purposes of
government (hint – we discussed four)
able to discuss some of the major events (reformation and enlightenment
period, Martin Luther, King Henry VIII, etc.) that influenced the Framers
who drafted the Constitution.
of the Mayflower Compact
able to define democracy, and
know the different types.
- Elitist v. Pluralist Perspective
Ch. 1 – American Government: Democracy in Action
how the U.S.
ranks in terms of voter turnout when compared to other countries
do totalitarian governments treat their citizens?
did Alexis de Tocqueville say about the “essence of American politics?”
is it that we can live in a country that is so diverse and still be able
to get along?
Ch. 2 – Constitution
the systems of checks and balances
and separation of powers
able to define mercantilism
able to discuss the events that
led to the colonists declaring their independence from Great
able to discuss the major weaknesses
of the Articles of Confederation
was the unwritten agreement
between the colonists and Parliament?
were the Anti-Federalists arguments
opposing the adoption of the Constitution?
was the purpose for the meetings, conventions, etc. that the Framers
the difference between an Anti-Federalist
and a Federalist
the key provisions for the Virginia
and New Jersey plans
was the most serious disagreement
between the plans?
Ch. 3 - Federalism
D. Roosevelt’s contribution to American politics
are state’s powers defined?
is the difference between a unitary system and a federal system?
the court cases that defined the nature of the federal and state
able to define federalism, and
know the different types (Dual, Cooperative, etc.)
who settles disputes between states
was the most extreme expression of dual federalism before the Civil War?
familiar with the powers and clauses discussed in the lectures and text
(i.e. necessary and proper, implied, concurrent, reserved, etc.)
was the significance of Federalist
- Article I denies certain powers to the
national/state governments. In keeping with the Framers’ desire to forge a
national economy, states are prohibited from doing what?
*** FIRST EXAMINATION
Ch. 5 – Politics and Personal Liberty
What did Barron
v. Baltimore (1833) expose?
Know the importance of the amendments discussed
in this chapter
The importance of the 14th Amendment
Be able to associate the court cases with the
amendment (i.e. Gideon v. Wainwright was a case that dealt with “assistance of
counsel,” which is inherently stated in the Sixth Amendment
Know the types of tests that were articulated in the freedom of speech cases
Significance of Roe v. Wade and the trimester breakdown
Which amendments provide procedural guarantees for those accused of a crime
Ch. 6 – Civil Rights
of the Civil War Amendments
the difference between black codes
and Jim Crow laws
of the Northwest Ordinance of
are Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education related
to one another, and also know the significances of each (i.e. separate but
equal, 14th Amendment, equal protection, etc.)
the hypocrisy between slavery and equality?
of Dred Scott v. Sandford
what Affirmative Action is and
how it relates to the Bakke case
were women angered with the passing of the 15th Amendment?
role in the drive for equality
of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 (i.e.
lightening rod, admission as slave/free states, etc.)
role before, during, and after the Civil War
of the CRA of 1964 (i.e.
evolution, Title VII, JFK, etc.)
Ch. 7 – Congress
- Qualifications and characteristics
for House of Representatives and Senators
most important and ultimate oversight powers
the process of impeachment and conducting trials for impeachment
(i.e. definition, Congress’s role in the process, etc.)
is the purpose of redistricting
are a high percentage of incumbents
the roles of the Members of
Congress (i.e. trustees, delegates, and politicos)
Ch. 8 - President
- How many
presidents have been impeached,
and who were they?
regards to a chief executive, what was the Anti-Federalists biggest fear?
the Amendments that effect term
limits and succession
Executive Privilege and the
court cases associated with it
the qualifications for the
are the president’s Constitutional
Powers as discussed in your text and in class (hint – there are five)?
- Rasul v. Bush
the different presidential theories
as discussed in class (i.e. Steward, Prerogative, and Restricted) and the
presidents that are associated with those theories
Ch. 4 – Judicial Branch
jurisdiction and the different
process is used to consider if a case will be heard before the Court?
are the types of opinions that can be written by the Supreme Court?
Judiciary Act of 1789 as it relates to Marbury
v. Madison (especially Section 13)
are the instances in which the U.S. Supreme Court has original jurisdiction?
able to explain the three-tiered
structure of the court system
*** SECOND EXAMINATION
Ch. 10 – Public Opinion and Socialization
able to explain the gender gap
(i.e. why women view issues differently than men)
able to define public opinion polls,
and also know the importance of in regards to democracy
- Impairment of socialization
how different public figures
associate to different children
the realm of political socialization
(i.e. definition, influences, agents, etc.)
able to define public opinion
did African Americans view the
government in the 1960s? Why?
was O.J. able to be found not guilty?
does college effect a student’s
way of thinking in regards to public opinion
and be able to explain the characteristics
of the social groups discussed
influence of the family can be traced to what two factors?
are parental influences the
Ch. 15 – Political Parties
- Know the
main reasons for the decline in
political parties and also how the spoils, patronage, and civil service
laws effected party decline as well
three entities of political
organizations function as intermediaries
in order to organize individuals to give them power in doing what?
was the Pendleton Act passed?
significance of machines during
the Golden Age of politics
- The disadvantages that third parties
are the primary concerns of
political parties and interest groups?
Ch. 14 – Campaigns and Elections
are the purposes of national
importance of the 26th Amendment,
and why it was created
relationship between raising
political awareness and our nation’s
the significance of primary
elections and the different types (open, closed, runoff, etc.)
the factors known to influence voter
turnout and their characteristics (i.e. education – the more educated
you are, the more likely you are to vote)
are campaign funds raised?
who are highly interested in
politics constitute what portion of the population?
to Robert Putnam, what are the main excuses for not participating?
what the national party platform is and why it is so important
- Lifestyle-change theory
is the most important hurdle for candidates running for public office, and
Ch. 16 – Public Policy
is the purpose of social welfare
how Part A and B of Medicare are
of the Great Depression
v. Non-means based
was the intent of Social Security?
- Know Franklin D. Roosevelt’s role during
the Great Depression
- Medicare v. Medicaid
*** FINAL EXAMINATION